AS for my personal opinion, I've never called anyone stupid or wrong. I may disagree with someone's opinion, but I can't recall ever resorting to attacking someone on a personal basis. And that includes neg rep. The only time I've ever given someone neg rep is after they have done the same to me.
Locke is not media, he's an employee of the Utah jazz.
Just like boler and harpring who have amped up the AJ love it appears
I understand why Bolerjack, Harpring and Locke (to some extent) are unwilling to be overly critical about the franchise. Primarily because they're employed by them - but also because of the close proximity they have with the team (coaches and players).
That said, my problem with Locke is he'll go completely out of his way to use some absurd statisics and numbers (as well as his own basketball opionion which is normally quite off) to prove that the majority of fans have no idea what they're talking about and don't understand how much better/worse a particular player is to fit his agenda/argument. The fact that he passes himself off as some sort of statistical expert is nauseating.
"It's a loss. It's one loss on our home floor that we aren't happy with." -Ty Corbin, 12/26/12.
"It's one loss." -Ty Corbin, 1/11/13.
"Whether you lose by one or by 45 like we did tonight, it's one loss." -Ty Corbin, 1/28/13.
"It's one loss." -Ty Corbin, 4/3/13.
It's disappointing any time you don't make the playoffs." -Ty Corbin, 4/17/13.
Locke Bias < Len Bias
Having lived in 6 NBA cities, I would point out that Locke is easily if not more critical at times of his home team than most announcers I have listened to. The sensitivities described above about being paid by the organization and spending a lot of times around the players definitely impact what one says. However, if you think he is a homer relative to others in that role you have not been around. And I will always miss Hot Rod - he was a hall of fame announcer IMO - but I think Locke's analysis is great. Whether I agree with everything or not is not the issue but it causes me to think and often see the game differently. He is a keeper and much better than most in his role. As for the accusation that most fans don't know what is going on - amen to that.
One reason I ask, I've been doing reading on the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) debate in baseball--pros vs. cons, traditionalists vs. sabremetricians, etc. One thing that this debate makes crystal clear (and which should be a lesson we've learned from Nate Silver during the last election) is that careful analysis of good data using sound metrics beats 'gut' and eyeball tests on consistent basis. So if anyone knows, what data is Locke using for this, and is there data that says otherwise?
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." - Dwight D. Eisenhower